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Eikev Question 2

Weekly Parsha Questions

Eikev Question 2

Yechiel Shaffer

When describing his experience at the peak of Mt. Sinai, Moshe offer the following detail:

דברים פרשת עקב פרק ט

ט) בעלתי ההרה לקחת לוחת האבנים לוחת הברית אשר־כרת יקוק עמכם ואשב בהר ארבעים יום וארבעים לילה לחם לא אכלתי ומים לא שתיתי

9. When I ascended the mountain to receive the stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord made with you, I remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water

And when Moshe describes his return to Heaven, following the sin of the golden calf, he offers, again, the following detail:

דברים פרשת עקב פרק ט

יח) ואתנפל לפני יקוק כראשנה ארבעים יום וארבעים לילה לחם לא אכלתי ומים לא שתיתי על כל־חטאתכם אשר חטאתם לעשות הרע בעיני יקוק להכעיס

18. And I fell down before the Lord as before, forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sins you had committed, by doing evil in the eyes of the Lord to anger Him.

For what reason does Moshe provide us with the details of his eating habits whilst in the presence of God?

What does Moshe sacrifice to bring the Torah to this world? Is the sacrifice just about sustaining himself physically or is it perhaps about removing himself from his ability to live in this world?